Phillip Mitchell & Grace Mitchell
Centenarians who were born in mid-1700s
3rd November 1862 & 23rd March 1866
This headstone is notable for both the clarity of the inscription - more than one hundred and fifty years after it was carved - and also for the impressive age of the people it commemorates.
Mr Phillip Mitchell was aged 100 when he died, and would have been born in 1762: the year in which the St Petersburg Treaty ended the war between Russia and Prussia, and when the last buildings were cleared from the span of London Bridge. He had worked as a farmer during his active working life.
Phillip's wife, Mrs Grace Mitchell, outlived him by four years, and also lived in to her 100th year. Grace was born in 1766, when George III was on the throne, and the Prime Minister was William Pitt! Both Phillip and Grace were born locally, and married in May 1795 - it is possible that they were wed at the site of the St Piran's Second Church, located in the dunes behind Perranporth beach, and close to St Piran's Oratory.
Phillip and Grace would have celebrated over 70 years of marriage before Phillip passed away. They lived in the Wheal Hope area of the parish, near to Goonhavern.